Keeping it going, eighty-one, eighty…
Quartersnacks Celebrates the Decade – The 100 Most Important Events in New York City Skateboarding from 2000 to 2009: 100 to 91, 90 to 81, 80 to 71, 70 to 61, 60 to 51, 50 to 41, 40 to 31, 30 to 21, 20 to 11, 10 to 2, Number one.
80. Quarter snack prices rise to 35 cents in accordance with increased costs of food nationwide – 2007:
If you know anything about being under the age of sixteen and on a skateboard in New York City, you should be aware that your adolescent diet consists of dollar menus, Tropical Fantasy 50 cent sodas, 99 cent Arizona iced teas, and Little Debbie snack cakes. The latter is the thriftiest of the four variants. With it being out of the equation, and priced out of range for those looking to spend their last remaining dollar on four wholesome snacks, the loss poses an unsymmetrical, and unfavorable blow to the pockets of those not fortunate enough to have a job or a trust fund.
79. Matt Ward redefines previously held conceptions of blood circulation in the human foot – 2002:
The early-2000s were bestowed with the presence of an enigmatic boy by the name of Matt Ward. Aside from his career-defining feat of smashing into a parked car while filming Danny Weiss do a line at the Seaport benches, he also managed to lace his DC Lynxes so tight that extended part of the shoelace went on for about three feet after the last lace hole.
78. Cam’ron begins saying “ho homo” – 2003:
It also yielded a pretty lame “I Love NY (NO HOMO)” t-shirt.
77. Chad Muska & Robbie Gangemi spotted together at the Jane Hotel – 2009:
Like the photo of former Company Flow front man, El-P and Puffy, the three-pronged combination of the Robbie Gangemi; King of Boston, Chad Muska; former childhood superhero of everyone born between ’86 and ’89, and the Jane Hotel; the then certifiable heir to Beatrice’s throne as the most high-fashion-ridden nightlife establishment frequented by only the handsomest of skateboarders, was one of the decade’s greatest instances of cognitive dissonance. And the Jane was the best.
76. Some idiot throws a broken board through the window at FedEx and posts it on the Internet – 2003:
An often forgotten fact about Midtown Manhattan is that it once had an all-day-without-kick-out location that you could spend entire weekdays at without seeing a single guy in a suit with a nametag. Thanks to a bunch of idiots from a website that shall remain nameless, someone threw a board through a second floor window, and forever changed this fortunate aspect of Midtown, that has not been repeated since, due to a widespread increase in camera presence.
75. Mike Wight backside 180s the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Gap – 2002:
After landing, he makes a circle, comes up to the camera, and shouts, “N.Y. kid!” This moment has since been solidified as the greatest instance of post-trick commentary in New York skate video history.
74. Skateboard Mag New York Profile is released – 2009:
Early in the year, The Skateboard Mag released a New York City profile in Issue 63. It made a ridiculous statement that implied people in New York skate spots besides 12th and A. Everyone read it, laughed for a couple minutes, and then went to 12th and A.
73. Psy Spy closes down – 2000:
The optimism that followed the real-estate boom of the 1990s was followed by many ambitious projects. The prospect of a skate shop that only sold New York–made skateboarding companies was one of them, and it lasted a solid year (amazingly) before people realized that New York hard goods were not competent enough to sustain an entire retail establishment’s source of revenue, particularly in an era of rising East Village rent costs. Psy Spy shut its doors, California (and Dayton) companies were brought in, and ABC was born.
72. Taji Ameen’s EST 4 part is released – 2004:
Taji’s contribution to EST 4 was bar-none, one of the most (unfairly) hated-on (unfair because it is an EST part, let’s be a bit serious with our standards here), and misunderstood video parts to come out of the city during the decade. The critiques were mostly concerned with how such an allegedly “low” stair count-having kid could merit a full video part (highlights included a five trick line down the steps at FedEx and a kickflip down the FedEx seven as an ender), when the era, on a greater scale consisted of Evan Hernandez front boarding down rails with more steps under them than years he had spent living on earth. Seldom did a day pass in the winter and early spring of 2004 when a TF bench or a train ride to Flushing lived without this part being thrown up for debate. Five years later, Taji is better than everyone.
71. Jasonwear cuts his hair – 2004:
Just as Metallica had famously lost their touch when they cut their hair, Jasonwear’s haircut turned him from being one of the city’s finest, young, half-Japanese athletes into a mellow wanderer with a girlfriend, forever leaving the city to mourn the loss of one its greatest frontside skaters.